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Lakewood Church And Force4Compassion™ TEAM UP to AID VICTIMS OF Human Trafficking

FIRST ANNUAL “JANUARY Hope and Freedom Walk-a-thon”
HOUSTON, TX (November 26, 2012) – Lakewood Church is partnering with Force4Compassion, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. Lakewood Church and Force4Compassion are bringing together hundreds of participants from around the Harris County area in the January Walk-A-Thon to raise money that will provide shelter, psychological counseling, education, and work skills for victims of sex trafficking.

Human Trafficking is the second largest crime in terms of dollars transacted in the US. Modern-day slavery or Human Trafficking is a form of forced labor where traffickers earn money or profit from the sale, control, and exploitation of others – oftentimes children.

What: Force 4 Compassion Walk-A-Thon

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013

Where: Post Oak Boulevard (begins at Uptown Park)

Time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

NOTE: Jackelyn Viera Iloff / Senior Director for Lakewood Church and Jana Rankin /Founder and Chair of Force4Compassion are available for interviews.

About Lakewood

Since 1999, under the leadership of Joel and his wife Victoria Osteen, Lakewood has grown to become the largest church in the US, with more than 40,000 attending services each week and unprecedented outreach through television, online and stadium events across the U.S. Weekly services are broadcast across the U.S. and around the world to more than 100 nations. Thousands in Houston and the surrounding communities are helped through Lakewood’s ministries, community programs, and resources. Lakewood partners with over 75 local charities and non-profit organizations such as food pantries, hospital ministries, shelters, youth outreach, family organizations and others. For more information, go to

Force 4 Compassion

Force4Compassion is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and providing hope for children and survivors of sex trafficking in America and abroad. Through our programs and partners both domestic and international, Force4Compassion provides shelter, medical care, psychological counseling, education and reintegration. Funds are generated through charitable contributions and Freedom Chain Drives. For more information visit our website or our Facebook and Twitter sites.

Media contacts:
Andrea Davis
D: 713-491-1339

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